Third, make the commitment to pray daily. Taking the time every day to communicate with God tells Him that your heart is open to Him and that you want to learn more about Him. And as you pray, keep a
journal that contains your requests and how God answered your prayers as a continuing testimony of His work in your life. Remember to write down the specific verses He applies to your situation and the promises He gives you from His Word.
In his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and
gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God (Daniel 6:10–11).
Second, select a place where you can be alone with Him. If your home and schedule are crowded, the idea of finding some privacy in order to talk to the Lord may seem like a pipe dream. However, with
some creative thinking and a request for assistance from the Lord, you should be able to find a place that works ideally for you.
First, choose a definite time of the day to spend with the Lord in prayer. Praying only when your schedule allows it or when your needs become urgent shows a lack of appreciation for the opportunity God offers. The time of day you choose —whether early in the morning, late in the evening, or sometime in between—is not the issue. Rather, consistency is the key. Ask God to show you the perfect time when you can be alone with Him.
The promise that he would be the heir of the world was not toAbraham or to his seed through the law, but through the
righteousness of faith (Romans
It took a great deal of faith for Abraham and Sarah to follow the call of a God they did not know, leave their homeland in Ur, and travel to the unknown land of Canaan. It took even more faith for them to
believe God would do the impossible and give them an heir. Even though at times their trust in God’s plan wavered—and they tried to take matters into their own hands—in the end they learned that God always
fulfills His promises in His own time. You will discover the same to be true in your life when you operate according to God’s schedule.
The promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to
Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith (Romans 4:13).
It took a great deal of faith for Abraham and Sarah to follow the call of a God they did not know, leave their homeland in Ur, and travel to the unknown land of Canaan. It took even more faith for them to believe God would do the impossible and give them an heir. Even though at times their trust in God’s plan wavered—and they tried to take matters into their own hands—in the end they learned that God always
fulfills His promises in His own time. You will discover the same to be true in your life when youoperate according to God’s schedule.
pAnother reward for waiting on God is that you receive His supernatural energy and strength. God invites you to claim His promise in Isaiah 40:31:
“Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” God uses times of delay to increase your energy, faith, endurance, and strength. You grow in the likeness of Christ and all His attributes—including love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (see Galatians 5:22–23). Waiting on God is never wasted
Waiting rooms can be hard classrooms, but God promises you vast rewards if you choose not to rush ahead of Him. One of these rewards is that you discover His will. God always has a purpose for allowing delays; and even as you wait, He is working
all things together for your good and His glory (see Romans 8:28).
As you eagerly await His provision, you must keep your eyes on Him and listen for His voice and direction. In doing so, you will learn to do
His will, and your relationship with Him will grow deeper.
You have the freedom to approach the God of creation at any moment.
Do you realize the amazing privilege you have in being able to go to God in prayer? You have the freedom to approach the God of all creation at any moment to ask for His wisdom, comfort, and power.
As the author of Hebrews affirms, “We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the
throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (4:15–16).
God is serious about His relationship with you. He speaks for your benefit, so it is important for you to not only listen to Him, but also respond in obedience.
Sometimes He will challenge you to change your thinking or release certain unhealthy feelings and opinions.
Sometimes He will command you to change aspects of your behavior. Yet with every instruction He gives, you can be certain that it is always intended
for your good.
As a believer in Christ, you have an enemy who is intent on filling the airwaves with lies and miscommunication. He will try to get you to doubt God’s instructions—and even that God is speaking to you in the first place!
The good news is that you have the strong, active, and constant support of Jesus as your defender against Satan’s lies. He is
praying continually that you will be strengthened and kept safe from the enemy of your soul (see John 17:14–17).
Topic: God speaks to you personally through His Word.
One clear way God speaks to you personally is through His written Word, for it contains His truth and inspiration. As Paul wrote, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). When you allow the Holy Spirit to open your heart, He will give you a
deeper understanding of Scripture. You will begin to claim His promises for your life and gain a deeper understanding of His provision, care, and love.
Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he
arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who
had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was
reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he
said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. The place in the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a
sheep to the slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He opened not His mouth. In His humiliation His justice was taken away, and who will declare His generation? For His life is
taken from the earth.” So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” (Acts8:26–34)